How to Build a Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board

Take your next gathering to a whole new level with these Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board Ideas! This board will make a great addition to any event.

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A Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board is perfect for everything from a casual gathering at home to a holiday party. The combination of different flavors – salmon, assorted cheeses, crackers, and other accompaniments create an appetizer platter that’s hearty enough to be a main course but is also a great choice if you’re looking for something different than a typical meat and cheese board. It can be assembled quickly with a variety of items you can pick up at your local grocery store and is easily customized to suit any taste.

Items Used To Create This Salmon Board

  • Smoked Salmon Slices
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Mini Brie Cheese
  • Mini bell peppers, cucumber slices, and gourmet carrots
  • Pickles
  • Pickled Red Onion (recipe at the end of the post)
  • Dill
  • Crostini
  • Assorted Crackers
overhead view of smoked salmon charcuterie with fresh veggies, asorted crackers, hard-boiled eggs, and dill

How To Assemble the Pictured Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board

  1. Begin by laying parchment or food-safe papers down anywhere on the board you’ll be placing items, such as the salmon, which could leave grease stains on your board.
  2. As a starting point, place the star of the show (in this case, 16 ounces of Atlantic Smoked Salmon from Whole Foods) down the center of the board. This large, beautiful board from Crate and Barrel is one of my favorites – it’s large and sturdy.
  3. Now, place a few small bowls of spreads and dips around the board.
  4. Group the veggies together in one corner
  5. Place any additional items like hard-boiled eggs or pickled onions down one side of the board.
  6. Fill in large spots around the board with bread, crostini, and assorted crackers.
  7. Add in any small items (like the pickles and mini brie) in open small spots.
  8. Finally, garnish with fresh herbs. (Dill pairs wonderfully with salmon appetizers)

Like any charcuterie board, this one is easily customizable – here are a few ideas to get you get started creating your perfect board:

overhead view of smoked salmon charcuterie with fresh veggies, asorted crackers, hard-boiled eggs, humus, cream cheese, brie, and pickled red onions

Fresh Veggies That Pair Well With a Smoked Salmon Platter

  • Red Onions
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Red peppers
  • Cucumber

Types of Cheese That Pair Well With Smoked Salmon

  • Cheddar Cheeses
  • Gouda
  • Havarati
  • Brie
  • Blue Cheese

Different Kinds of Dips & Spreads That Compliment Smoked Salmon

  • Cream Cheese
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Cranberry Sauce

Breads & Crackers

  • Bagel Chips
  • Crostini
  • Baguette Slices
  • Assorted Crackers
  • Mini Bagels

Fresh Fruit

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Sliced Pears
  • Sliced Kiswis
  • Lemon Wedges

Extra Items To Add Flavor & Round Out Your Board

  • Fresh Dill (pairs well with smoked salmon & adds a pretty pop of greenery to your board)
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Black Olives
  • Green Olives
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Nuts
  • Pickles
  • Pickled Red Onions (recipe below)
overhead view of a charculterie board with smoked salmon, humus, cream cheese, dill, pickles, and crackers

How to Pickle Red Onions


  • 1 medium-sized red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Begin by slicing the red onion into thin slices and placing it in a glass mason jar.
  2. In a small pan, heat the red wine vinegar, sugar, and water over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Carefully pour the sugar mixture over the onions and close the lid to the jar. Once the jar has cooled and is safe to handle, open jar and use a spoon to push any onions that aren’t covered by the liquid down, so that all of the onions are submerged.
  4. Replace the lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Have fun & be creative building your own Smoked Salmon Charcuterie Board!

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